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Where to see Christmas lights switch-on events in Gedling borough

There will be plenty of events across the borough to enjoy, with a variety of festivities including markets, funfairs and live entertainment.


Christmas will soon be here, and there are a number of light switch-on events to mark the start of the festive period.

There will be plenty of events across the borough to enjoy, with a variety of festivities including markets, funfairs and live entertainment.

Whether you live in Arnold, Calverton, Carlton, Mapperley, Netherfield or surrounding villages, there are plenty of Yuletide celebrations on offer. We have picked out the area’s events we know about so far.

Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PICTURED: Arnold lights switch-on

The Christmas Light Switch On takes place on Friday, November 24, from 4pm, outside the AMP building at the former Arnold Market site. The event will feature performances from local schools and choirs, a lantern parade, street entertainers and even a visit from Santa.

An indoor craft fair will be open next to the event, at Arnold Methodist Church, with stalls selling items such as cards, festive food and gifts.

The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Julie Najuk at 6.30pm.

Burton Joyce

Burton Joyce’s lights switch-on event is set to take place on Saturday, December 2 between 3.30-6pm.

The lights are being switched on by special guest paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead MBE at 5.15pm along with Santa.

There will also be a Christmas fair, brass bands, food and children’s entertainment.


Calverton Christmas 2023 light switch-on will take place on Friday, December 1 in the village centre.

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There will be food, drink and a fun fair with ferris wheel.

Calverton lights switch on (IMAGE: Facebook)


Carlton’s lights switch on takes place on Wednesday, November 29 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Santa will be making an appearance as well as photo opportunities with a Christmas storm troope

The Christmas Lights will be turned on by Gedling Mayor, Julie Najuk and event poster design competition winner, Amelia, age eight at 6.00pm.

There will be dance and singing displays on a stage from 6.15pm to 8.30pm which will be located in the bottom end of StandHill car park next to Mayfield Road. There will be performances from Simply Dance, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD), local acoustic singers, Nottingham Community Choir and headlined by local star Mark Howard, the Runner Up on The Voice.

Gedling Village

Gedling Village Christmas light switch on takes place at 6pm at the Miners Memorial, Main Road, Gedling at 6pm on December 1.

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After the switch on, there visit from Santa at All Hallows Church and there will also be refreshments available.


Lambley’s Christmas lights will be switched on during a festive event on Friday, November 24 from 6pm at the corner of Catfoot Lane and Main Street.

There will be mulled wine, a festive BBQ, live music and a visit from Santa.


The lights in Mapperley will be switched on at an event taking place between 2-6 pm on Sunday, November 26 in the Precinct.

The Mayor of Gedling Julie Najuk will be switching on the lights at 5pm.

There will also be choirs, dancers, a brass band, local artists, craft stalls and charity stalls from across the community. Santa will also be there with his sleigh.


Netherfield Christmas Light switch on takes place from 4pm on Friday, December 1.

The Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Julie Najuk will be attending the event where there will be performances from Netherfield Primary School Choir and Carlton Brass Band.
Carlton Rotary Club will be attending, joined by Santa on his sleigh 

After the switch on, attendees are invited to join Santa at the St George’s Centre where the event will continue. 

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